• Samsung to Shut Down Milk Music in September

    Posted on August 22nd, 2016 Yuson Zou | No comments

    Samsung, the Korean smartphone manufacturer, has officially announced that the company is going to halt its streaming radio service Milk Music, which means Samsung users will have to look for a music alternative for them to listen to music. According to Variety, Samsung will be shutting down Milk Music on September 22nd, urging its Galaxy and Note smartphone users to switch over to Slacker Radio.

    Samsung-milk

    The elimination of the service has been rumored for several months, with reports that the company was going to shutter the service because it had failed to gain traction with users.

    Samsung said in a statement that Milk is being closed down “invest in a partner model focused on seamlessly integrating the best music services available today into our family of Galaxy devices.” Samsung launched the music streaming service to much fanfare in 2014 as an alternative to ad-supported services such as Spotify and Pandora. Later that year, it launched a video service called Milk Video. That system lasted only a year before it was closed. It’s not clear what Samsung’s plans are to replace the service, other than to direct users to Slacker, an ad-supported music streaming service.

    After Milk Music is shut down, Samsung users can switch to other online streaming music provider such as Spotify, Pandora, Last.fm, etc. During the time of experiencing those online music, an online music recorder can be used to record online music if necessary.

  • HTC One “MEGA” Tipped with 5+ Inch Screen Is Coming

    Posted on May 27th, 2013 David Brooks | No comments

    It is accepted that HTC One has received rave reviews since its inception, so without doubt HTC is considering releasing a bigger variant of the HTC One with similar specifications. The exact size of the MEGA version remains unknown, but it is believed that HTC One phablet variant’s screen size would range between 5.0-inches to 6.0-inches. The unofficial HTC One announcements will be the main theme within this week. Evidently the expected HTC One equipped with bigger screen is close at hand, bringing users with boon to enjoy photos and videos on bigger screen HTC One.

    HTC One Mega

    HTC is high on success after selling more than five million HTC One handsets globally. The company might cash in on the handset’s popularity by releasing more versions of the flagship smartphone, a move similar to Samsung which is also speculated to launch three more Galaxy S4 variants in coming months. Flagship HTC One is picked as the prototype to help HTC debut two more HTC One relatives: one is HTC One “MEGA” with bigger screen between 5.0-inches to 6.0-inches, the other is HTC M4 which we have heard before.

    Double your visual delight on HTC One “MEGA”

    The upcoming bigger device is said to be a HTC One clone, with a slightly larger display. According to relative news, this device will be a response to the Samsung GALAXY S 4 and its own 5-inch display in a chassis similar in size to the Galaxy S III. This larger HTC One model will likely have a body that’s similar in thickness to the HTC One standard model with height and width closer to that of the HTC J Butterfly. It is worth mentioning that HTC Butterfly S will be equipped with a 5-inch Full HD touch screen, so that the expected future giant screen HTC One should at least with 5.5-inche touch screen.

    Undoubtedly the enlargement in handset display aims at enhancing users’ visual delight, the bigger version HTC One is not an exception. Enjoying videos on HTC One would be a fantastic matter once the bigger display screen becomes a typical trait of this smartphone.

    New Favorite for Mini Size Favored: HTC M4

    Another device is HTC One “MINI”, codenamed M4, is expected to have a 4.3-inch display with metal-alloy body chassis and may hit markets by June. This device is said to be code-named HTC M4 and will have camera and speaker technology similar to that of the HTC One.

    What do you think of these two devices? Are they the ones you might be up for checking out? We shall see in the near future.

  • 4 Devices People Anticipated to Appear on 2013 Google I/O Conference

    Posted on May 7th, 2013 David Brooks | 1 comment

    During May 15th and 17th, the tech giant Google would hold its 2013 Google I/O Conference in Moscone Center of San Francisco. People worldwide have been longing for this big event for long, and are all eager to know what Google would bring out during this annual event. In the past few months, people have done a great many guess work on the upcoming event, but the rumors and reports online seem to change people’s mind day by day. Currently, we could get what Google would bring to us in the Google I/O conference, but we could show our own anticipations towards this annual event. The following 4 devices are collected online, which are expected to appear in the big approaching event.

    Motorola X Phone

    X Phone

    The Motorola X Phone is without doubt what everyone wants to see at I/O, and though the belief is that the device will only hit shelves in July or August. Currently, the detailed information about this new smartphone is not much. It reportedly would come with a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor (some reported to be Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor), a 4.8-inch 1280×720 display, Android 4.2.2 (some rumored to be Key Lime Pie), 8 GB and 16 GB storage options  with no MicroSD expansion; 2 GB RAM and an 8MP camera.

    Next-gen Nexus 7

    Nexus 7.7

    Android fans will know that having a Nexus device is about the nicest treat. The devices are usually very well designed and have awesome specs. Not to mention the fact that they are the first in line to get updates.

    The Nexus brand hasn’t reached the tablet market until now, though. And Android fans have been praying for such a tablet to be released. If you fall under that category, you will be happy to know that Google has released the Nexus 7.

    The Nexus 7 is a 7-inch device with a Tegra 3 processor manufactured by ASUS. Also, this device is said to be a “Kindle Fire Killer” with a $200 price tag.

    Considering to the huge market desire and excellent performance, and the success of low-priced Nexus 7, a Nexus 7 refresh is in great need. There’re rumors then new Nexus 7 would be Nexus 7.7.

    Google Nexus 5

    Nexus 5

    There’re rumors indicating that we could see a different phone at Google I/O: The Google Nexus 5. The previous incarnation, the Google Nexus 4, has been immensely popular and has been selling out in stores across the U.S. The Nexus 5 is expected boost up some hardware specs, which customers complained were a little less impressive than the competition’s (especially the camera), and have an improved processor. However, sources close to Google have told Heavy that the Nexus 5 will come sometime in the Fall of 2013.

    Another Google Glass Presentation

    Google Glass

    Google Glass was introduced at Google I/O 2012 and continues to be a hot topic in the tech world. As wearable technology — including smartwatches — becomes more and more interesting to companies like Amazon, Samsung, Apple and Google, Google’s revolutionary eyeware has a chance to be as equally groundbreaking as the original iPhone was to the smartphone industry. Therefore, it’s unlikely that Google will not take this opportunity to show off some new features for Google Glass, which we’ve heard developers have been working on secretly.

  • Specifications and pictures of the mid-range QWERTY BlackBerry R10 got leaked in China

    Posted on May 5th, 2013 David Brooks | No comments

    BlackBerry, a famous smartphone manufacturer well known for its gold-standard QWERTY handsets, has made a successful impact with its BlackBerry Z10. After the BlackBerry Z10, it has been generally accepted that the BlackBerry Q10 will be the hot ticket of the new BlackBerry 10 devices. The Q10 is reportedly to be priced higher than the Z10 in some markets. Not everyone was thrilled about this and it is possible that may have put a damper on some folks’ ambitions to upgrade to BlackBerry 10.

    BlackBerry R10 smartphone

    While there has been some conjecture as to whether BlackBerry would cater to the mid-range handset audience with BlackBerry 10 as it has in the past with numerous iterations of the BlackBerry Curve line, it is becoming more apparent that a mid-range BlackBerry R10 device is inching closer to reality. Some new images have surfaced in China of the R10, along with some purported specifications for this Curve-esque QWERTY BlackBerry.

    BlackBerry R10 features
    * 3.1-inch display, 720 x 720 resolution;
    * 5MP rear camera, front camera;
    * Support to shoot up to 2560 x 1920 resolution photos;
    * 2G of RAM;
    * 8G internal storage;
    * 1800 mAh non-removable Battery;
    * BlackBerry 10.1 OS.

    Along with the leaked specifications, there’re also some pictures of BlackBerry R10 in black appearing online. You can take a check.

    BlackBerry R10 smartphone

    BlackBerry R10 smartphone

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  • Top 6 Best Android Automation Apps to Make Your Android Smartphones Smarter

    Posted on April 8th, 2013 David Brooks | No comments

    In the current phone market, smartphones have occupied larger maker place. Most people are longing for a smartphone rather than a phone that could simply act as a cell phone and calendar. With the fast developing of technology, today’s smartphones are already pretty smart. People could enjoy more and more from smartphones. But, there’s a way of making these smartphones even smarter.

    All you need is the right app – an app to make your smartphone carry out specific commands at a given time. These apps include everything that could automatically do what you want them to do, like things to turn off your Wi-Fi and 3G after midnight, switch to silent mode when you’re connected to your office Wi-Fi, launch your favorite music player when you plug in your headphones, or bring you another can of root beer from the fridge on demand. Today, I have collected some of the best Android automation apps that could help make your Android smartphones smarter. Check them out below:

    AutomateIt

    AutomateIt

    AutomateIt is another very capable app that can make any Android phone even smarter. Again, it allows one to set events and assign actions to be performed when triggered. It can even prevent butt dials! Again, some actions require root access in order to work. While the full version of the app comes at a cost, there’s a free version available for anyone to try.

    Tasker

    Tasker

    Tasker is considered the most popular automation app for Android, but it isn’t necessarily the easiest to use and set up. It also comes at a price and there’s no free version of it available. But since it is praised for being one of the most versatile of its kind with its more than 200+ actions and triggers, to power users that will be money well spent. Note that while Tasker does not require root access, some actions won’t work unless you have root privileges.

    Good Night, Android!

    Good Night, Android!

    As the name suggests, this is an app that’s made to switch off your smartphone’s radios at night or at a given time. Then in the morning, or after the period expires, your settings will be brought back to normal. Feel free to try the app’s free version before buying the full one.

    Smart Places

    Smart-Places

    This app is focused on making an Android smartphone aware of its location. When it’s near a particular cellular tower or at a specific location determined by GPS, a number of actions can be performed automatically. For those who aren’t willing to pay the price, a Lite version of Smart Places is also available at the Play Store.

    Makros

    Makros

    And if no other solution seems to work, give Makros a try. It is simpler to use than it seems – you just set the condition and the action to be performed when it is met. For those hesitant to buy its full version, a trial of Makros is available as well.

    Phone schedule

    Phone schedule

    It may not be the best Android automation app. It isn’t the prettiest either, but it is free of charge so everyone can give it a try.

  • HTC M7 rumored to be officially launched on March 8th in both black and white

    Posted on February 1st, 2013 David Brooks | No comments

    The rumors about HTC’ upcoming flagship, the HTC M7, have been hot just like a wildfire on the web. Until now, the only thing we have confirmed is that HTC would hold a press conference on February 19th, which has been supposed to be most possibly the official release date of HTC M7. The latest news about the HTC M7 to hit the web comes from HTCSource, which said that the M7 will allegedly be officially launched on March 8 in Europe first before it makes its way to American shores. The news also mentioned color of HTC M7. Users could get options between classic black and pure white at will.

    HTC M7

    As for the detailed specs, the HTC M7 has been set to be one of the first devices to sport a 1080p resolution on a 4.7-inch screen, which will give 468ppi pixel density (40 percent higher than that of the iPhone 5). That means the HTC M7 might deliver even better visual effect for people to watch HD movies on HTC M7 than that of iPhone 5.

    Also, HTC M7 has a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. This would ensure a smooth operating and fluent user experience. The 13 megapixel camera with 1080p recording and an f/2.0 aperture, plus the 2 megapixel front-facing camera with 1080p video recording, would greatly satisfy users’ desire in video and picture recording. On the audio side of things, the device is set to have a dedicated amplifier designed by Beats, along with stereo speakers. It is also set to support LTE network connectivity, the next-gen Wi-Fi standard of 802.11ac, which theoretically has three times the throughput of 802.11n.

  • HUAWEI to Release Ascend D2 Flagship Smartphone with 5-Inch FHD Screen Display

    Posted on January 7th, 2013 David Brooks | No comments

    The Huawei Ascend D2 should have been quite familiar by the public due to frequent exposures. Ever since the Ascend 2 was exposed in China last October, this new flagship smartphone of Huawei has been hoped greatly to appear in America as soon as possible. Mentioning to the opportunity of releasing Ascend D2, what better way to introduce the phone than to showcase it at one of the world’s biggest tech shows? Just quite recently, the official image of this new flagship smartphone has been leaked online again. This time the phone image is to show the extraordinarily superb waterproof ability of this smartphone.

    Huawei Ascend D2

    The waterproof ability is one of the most shining features of this smartphone. From the leaked shower images of Ascend D2, this smartphone performs great even in water faucet showering or surrounded by water in basins. And according to the inner source of Huawei, this new Ascend D2 could be considered to be the best smartphone in waterproof performance due to its advanced material and complicated work craft.

    Huawei Ascend D2

    As for the features, the Ascend D2 is expected to sport a 5-inch full HD “edge-to-edge” display (1920×1080 pixels) at 440ppi, which produces excellent effect for people to watch HD movies on Ascend. Besides, the 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM ensures smooth operating experience. It is also rumored that the smartphone would come with 16-core graphic processor, which no doubt improves the gaming experience greatly. Other features include dual cameras (1.3MP front camera, 13MP rear camera, auto focus and 1080P video recording supported), and a 3,000mAh battery. This new smartphone provides quite an impressive sheet of specs from a manufacturer that’s more known for its low- to mid-end offerings. As reported, this new smartphone would be available in white and blue.

  • LG Optimus G 2 Smartphone Rumored to Show Appearance in CES 2013 with 5.5 Inch 1080P Screen

    Posted on January 3rd, 2013 David Brooks | No comments

    With the approaching of CES 2013, there have been more and more reports and rumors on the devices to be appearing on CES 2013. Sony has been confirmed to release their brand new flagship Xperia Z on the CES 2013 while HTC also has been rumored to introduce some new smartphones during the exhibition. As a smartphone giant, LG also plays a great role in the CES 2013. As reported, LG would be going to exhibit a new smartphone on CES 2013. The new smartphone is rumored to be LG Optimus G2 smartphone.

    LG Optimus G2

    According to the leaked news, the Optimus G2 would come with a 5.5 inch large touchscreen with up to 1920×1080 pixels screen resolution. Together with the rumored 2GHz Qual-comm S4 Prime MSM8974 quad-core processor, this new Optimus G2 would no doubt produce superb visual experience to enjoy HD movies on LG Optimus G2 smartphone. Meanwhile, it is also reported that the Optimus G2 would run on Android 5.0 OS. Currently, LG is reported to be communicating with its smartphone accessary suppliers LG Display, LG Innotek and others on the Optimus G2 release event. As for the official release date, it is estimated to be this June.

    Besides, LG is also planning to exhibit a 7″ tablet with 1920×1200 pixels screen resolution and another 4.7” smartphone with edge-to-edge screen display, as reported.